Wakey Wakey

The root of the entire coffee and banana industries can be found in the fields. After touring several coffee farms and the Dole banana plantation, my biggest takeaway is that the growing process is very tedious and requires careful, yet physically demanding work. I’ve learned the steps of growing both crops, from prepping the land…

Reflecting on the Pure Life

Over the past two weeks in Costa Rica I have learned and experienced so much about business, culture, and environment and how they impact the production of coffee and bananas. Both foods have very complex and interesting processes and I had an amazing time going to all the sites to see how they work and…

Costa Rican Conclusions

At the coffee and banana plantation, we were able to see how each company has a unique delivery process, and how within each company they may have different processes for different products. For example, Doka mostly exports its coffee beans to the US, only keeping small amounts to roast and sell under their own company,…

No estoy llorando, estás llorando

I can’t believe my Plus3 experience is coming to a close!  Over these past two weeks, I’ve learned way more than I thought was possible about the coffee industry, seen enough bugs to last a lifetime, and have had some of the most amazing and beautiful experiences.  On the classroom side of things, my group’s…

One Last ‘Pura Vida’

While the coffee industry is mostly streamlined in the way to make and grow coffee innovation is still possible. ICafé is always experimenting with new species and hybrids of coffee. They are able to explore new possible plants that will have better resistance against rust and other diseases. Coffee farms are also experimenting with different…

Goodbye Costa Rica

Over the past two weeks, I’ve seen a lot of Costa Rica and learned a lot about the supply chain. The definition of Design and launching can be narrowed to innovating. Often innovation is found at every level. When we look at the coffee producers or suppliers in the supply chain they innovate by using…

Making a Cup of Coffee

Before a cup of coffee can even be consumed, it must go through a lengthy process of preparation. This means that the supply chain for coffee is very complex. Throughout this trip, as we went on numerous coffee plantation tours, we learned all about the complexity of the supply chain and about how important “making”…

Costa Rica Linda y Querida

During out time in Costa Rica studying the coffee industry, I have made some observations about how coffee is delivered down the supply chain. The supply chain begins at the coffee farms and plantations where coffee chairs are grown and harvested. Workers handpick coffee cherries from the plants until they have filled the baskets they…

Leaving la Pura Vida

These past 2 weeks in Costa Rica have been nothing short of amazing. I’ve learned so much about Costa Rican culture, practiced my Spanish with my host mom, seen some of the most beautiful nature in the world, and of course learned about the intricacies of the coffee and banana industries. Through our tours of…

Adios Costa Rica

Over the past two weeks I have had an amazing time learning about the supply chain of coffee and bananas, as well as Costa Rican culture. My groups topic was source, so we focused on where each step in the supply chain sourced what it needed (materials, labor, equipment, funding, etc.). The first step of…

One Last Pura Vida

The past couple weeks in Costa Rica have opened my eyes to many new ideas including culture, the coffee industry, and sustainability. Prior to this trip, I had almost no knowledge of the coffee and banana industries. These tours have helped me immensely to understand how much planning and strategy goes into growing these crops….

Adios, For Now

Over the last two weeks, we have delved deeper into the supply chain of coffee and bananas than I ever thought was possible. The supply chains widely differ even just between these two crops! Nevertheless, it is certainly enlightening to learn about how much a single product, coffee, altered Costa Rican culture to be the…

Sourcing

Throughout the past two weeks we have learned a lot about many aspects of the supply chain of coffee and bananas. My group focused on how firms in each link of the supply chain make decisions in reference to sourcing. We quickly found out that sourcing is not just limited to where you get the…

Pura Vida!

Over the past two weeks, we’ve visited various coffee plantations and a banana plantation. I’ve learned so much from these visits and had a wonderful time learning more about the Costa Rican culture from the homestay families. From these visits, we focused on the supply chain and how each step in the chain affects the…

Costa Rica Plus3, WOO!

The past two weeks in Costa Rica have been an eye-opening experience. I have learned the intricacies of the coffee industry and developed an appreciation for its layered complexity. We have also dabbled in the supply chain of bananas at Dole and this has expanded my analysis of the production process itself. My group has…

Hasta Luego Costa Rica

Since my topic was make, the majority of what I’ve learned the past two weeks relative to my topic has been in the coffee and banana plantations. Throughout this trip, I have learned the processes of growing coffee cherries and bananas and how to harvest them. Coffee cherries are grown, then picked from November to…

The Last Day in Heredia

In the past two weeks, I’ve been assigned to observe each visit from the perspective of the Design/Innovation phase of the supply chain. Looking back at the coffee and banana plantations (suppliers), the focus on Design was somewhat nonexistent. At the coffee plantations, their bread and butter was planting and harvesting coffee to be shipped…

The Journey of Coffee Bean

As with any business, project, or assignment, proper planning can be the factor that makes or breaks success.  As the saying goes, “Proper planning prevents poor performance”.  This is certainly the case when it comes to agriculture but even more specifically the coffee and banana plantations we visited in during our time in Costa Rica. …

Hasta Luego, Costa Rica

I am so sad to be leaving this beautiful country tomorrow 🙁 These past two weeks have been filled with some of the most incredible experiences. I have learned TONS about the supply chains of coffee and bananas and all of the planning that goes into it; it’s an incredibly complex process! The process starts…

Banana Land

Today we got to visit a banana plantation near the Caribbean, which was a lot of fun to say the least! Our tour guide and speaker was super funny and loved to present the banana production process to us in a very fun and interactive way. He taught us a lot about banana production and…